11/28/11: White House Press Briefing

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

Marine One departs the South Lawn of the White House, Nov. 26, 2011.

Marine One departs the South Lawn of the White House, Nov. 26, 2011.

Members of the Towson University football team take pictures of President Barack Obama during halftime of the Oregon State vs Towson University basketball game in Towson, Md., Nov. 26, 2011. Members of the football team were honored for winning the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title.

Members of the Towson University football team take pictures of President Barack Obama during halftime of the Oregon State vs Towson University basketball game in Towson, Md., Nov. 26, 2011. Members of the football team were honored for winning the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title.

The First Lady Receives the 2011 White House Christmas Tree

The First Lady is presented with the White House Christmas Tree, which will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House and decorated to honor military families. November 25, 2011.

Weekly Address: On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country

President Obama wishes the American people a happy Thanksgiving — and gives a special thanks to the brave men and women serving overseas and those giving back to their communities during the holidays.

A Surprise Call From The First Lady

The First Lady makes a surprise call to Military Spouse Jessica Allen, mother of two, who spends all of her free time trying to help other young wives in the same situation she is in. Her husband, Charles (Chaz) Allen is in the Army and was injured while deployed in Afghanistan earlier this year. He lost both of his legs and is currently recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Jessica has been by his side throughout his recovery all while maintaining her career as a Tax and Financial Advisor at her own tax preparation business. She works with wounded warrior spouses, especially at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The hospital calls her a Model Military Spouse and the Command has asked her to be a liaison between spouses and the Command.

The President called 10 U.S. military service members to thank them for their service and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving

Nov. 24, 2011
"I photograph a lot of presidential phone calls from the Oval Office. But rarely is the light like this, backlit and reflecting back from a briefing paper. On Thanksgiving Day, the President made phone calls to 10 U.S. military service members -- two each from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy -- to thank them for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving." 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

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West Wing Week 11/24/11 or “Your Best You”

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President wrapped up an 8 day tour demonstrating American leadership and opening up economic opportunity for America in the Asia Pacific region. Upon his return he signed legislation to help our veterans find jobs, traveled to New Hampshire to urge Congress to cut payroll taxes for workers and small businesses, and pardoned two turkeys. That’s November 18th to November 24th or “Your Best You.”

Behind The Scenes: In Performance at The White House: Country Music

Go behind the scenes at the White House from rehearsal to showtime for In Performance: Country Music.

President Obama Pardons Peace, the White House Thanksgiving Turkey

The President grants the traditional Thanksgiving pardon to Peace, this years Official White House Turkey in a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House. November 23, 2011.